They can be tough to make to make sometimes. At times we find ourselves procrastinating, dwelling, overthinking, and fussing to the point where the choice is never made.
Alternatively, what about split-second decisions? When words pop from our mouths at a fast rate of speed without any thought? When a split-second choice seemingly “happens” without any consideration toward the long-term effects?
Regardless of whether we’re making decisions that we’ve pondered or instantaneous choices, one fact remains.
Everything we say and do has a consequence. And not only do our decisions affect us, but they also affect others. And not only do they affect us and others in the short-term, but some choices affect us and others for years to come.
How can we be mindful of the choices we make?
*Stay in the Word. When we are setting our focus on Him, we will be more aware of seeking to glorify Him with our decisions, choices, and actions.
*Pray for guidance and discernment.
Surrender the decision to Him. I know it sounds cliche, but left to our own devices, our choices can often be filled with selfish motives. When we surrender that decision, no matter how big or how small to Him, we seek His will instead of going our own way.
Seek out a mentor.
Don’t make an immediate decision. Take a reasonable amount of time to evaluate.
Remember all choices have consequences. I’m reminded of a family we know who adopted a baby with severe fetal alcohol syndrome. This preventable condition is caused when the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. Her choice to drink while carrying the baby not only affected her, but also affected this baby, now a teen, who has serious health issues. Her choice had a consequence, not only for her, but for the child and the family.
As we make decisions, may we remember the wise words of Proverbs 3:5-6 and trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not lean on our own understanding. In all of our ways, let us acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths straight.